Laparoscopic Surgery/Key Hole Surgery
SILS- Single Incision Scarless Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy
SILS – Single incision laparoscopic surgery and cholecystectomy is performed through a single incision in the umbilicus (Belly button). This is done using SILS port and specialized laparoscopic equipment. The wound is closed with monocryl absorbable subcuticular sutures and do not need removing. As the incision is hidden within the umbilicus, there are no visible scars after the wound heals following surgery. Please see the figures for illustration.
Figure 1 : Incision through the belly button (Umbilicus)
Figure 2 : SILS laparoscopic cholecystectomy being performed through the single cut in umbilicus
Figure 3 : Gallbladder being removed through the umbilicus
Figure 4 : Gallbladder and the stones removed and being inspected
Figure 5 : Final scar at the end of surgery and a happy patient
Figure 6 : Final scar after 4 weeks and a happy patient
The umbilicus is reconstructed at the end of surgery. Once the wound heals there are no externally obvious visible scars.
The theoretical advantages are
- No visible scars
- Less pain hence early recovery
- Complications associated with 1 incision rather than 4 incisions
For further details on cholecystectomy and gallstones please see the section on laparoscopic cholecystectomy
For further details on cholecystectomy and gallstones please see the section on gallstones and laparoscopic cholecystectomy at www.liversurgery.com.sg.